Websites and Databases for Students

Databases and websites, that contain reliable and accurate information, are made available to students for research and for enjoyment. Names and descriptions of websites and databases are listed below.

Databases that are purchased through Arlington County Public Schools are accessed through MackinVIA under the databases tab. Log in to MyAccess on student iPads and click on the MackinVIA icon (rainbow swirl).

For questions about these resources please contact Ms. Blaine.

~ updated 9/10/21


Databases and Websites for Students

America’s Library 

A Library of Congress website!  Use this site to find great biographies on famous Americans.  No username or password required.

CultureGrams
CultureGrams is one of Ms. B.’s favorite online reference databases. Looking for the flag of Peru? Want to know the state bird of Nevada? Interested in videos of Chinese instruments being played or photographs of France? CultureGrams is the place! This database is under the databases tab in MackinVIA. Access through MyAccess on student iPads.

BrainPop and BrainPopJr.

This resource can be accessed through Clever on student iPads.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online
Encyclopedia Britannica Elementary Edition, an online reference database, also includes a Merriam Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus, a World Atlas, and Timelines. This database is under the databases tab in MackinVIA. Access through MyAccess on student iPads.

BookFlix!
Thanks to the generosity of the Jamestown PTA, this site pairs fiction with nonfiction texts. Great for watching WestonWoods videos and for hearing books read aloud. [Separate password required from school and home – Contact Ms. B.]

World Book Student Edition
From Tutankhamun to Virginia history, this online reference database version of the World Book encyclopedia will help with almost any research project. Includes brief biographies of explorers, inventors and authors alongside topical areas such as social studies and science. This database is under the databases tab in MackinVIA. Access through MyAccess on student ipads.

PebbleGo! 

PebbleGo provides tons of information on animals, habitats, space and planets, biographies, and social studies topics. Best resource for our emergent readers! This resource is under the databases tab in MackinVIA. Access through MyAccess on student iPads.

PebbleGoNEXT!

PebbleGoNEXT provides great information on American regions and information on Native American cultures for our older readers.  Audio provides access for our emergent readers. This resource is under the databases tab in MackinVIA. Access through MyAccess on student iPads.